Domestic Abuse / Domestic Violence Injunctions
The government defines Dometic Abuse as
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.” *
*This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
We can help
Lawyers at AN Law in Warrington have over 20 years-experience helping protect clients and their children from abusive partners.
We offer a free 30-minute interview and sometimes matters can be resolved by way of a letter for which there is a charge.
In more serious cases we can prepare a detailed witness statement on the spot, travel to court (usually St Helens County Court) on the same or next day basis and obtain a protective injunction without your partner’s knowledge. We can talk for you and help you with the application forms, the procedure in arranging service of the application and interim-injunction on your ex-partner.
We can also represent you at subsequent hearings. The majority of cases are over and done with very quickly with just two court hearings the first usually the same or next day and the second hearing within two weeks.
Rarely a major dispute can result in significantly greater hearings. This is very rare and we can arrange for experienced barristers to represent you.
In the case of serious domestic abuse, we can obtain orders requiring your ex-partner to move out of the house and thereafter pay or contribute such mortgage as may exist.
Why choose AN Law?
- Same or next day appointments
- Same or next day court appearance
- Usual costs £1,500 + VAT up to the end of the second hearing#
If you think you are at immediate risk of harm then you should ring the police on 999. They can assist you there and then anytime of the day. They can arrest your ex-partner and require him to stay away. They can prosecute him and they can gather evidence and produce records then may be useful in subsequent proceedings such as financial/children act.